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Celebrating the life of

Nancy Jenkins Emmerson

Passed away on March 18, 2022

Nancy Jenkins Emmerson

A lifelong resident of Wilmington Island, Nancy was born on June 25, 1950.  After a few years of traveling into Thunderbolt to attend Elementary, Nancy was one of the original children to attend May Howard Elementary School.  Growing up on Turner’s Creek, she considered herself a river rat.  There is no doubt from her stories that she enjoyed the freedom of living on the island in the 1950’s/60’s.

Nancy graduated from Savannah High School in 1968, and then went on to study at the Atlanta College of Art for two years.  She eventually utilized her talents by painting dog portraits for clients throughout Savannah.  After raising her daughters, Nancy left her home to live with her then husband, James Emmerson, in Poole, England where she spent her time playing golf and learning to fly-fish from the notorious instructor Dick Slowcock.  Nancy returned home to Savannah in late 2000 to spend time with her parents, sister, and children.  Outside of work, she spent a majority of her time at home with her family and animals which where her world.

On March 18, 2022 Nancy Jenkins Emmerson left this world after a short illness.  Nancy is preceded in death by her husband, James Alexander Emmerson, M.B.E. of Poole, England, her parents, Hugh Ingles Jenkins, Jr., and, Bettie Love Cubbedge Jenkins, and her sister, Barbara Jenkins Russell.  She is survived by her two daughters, Megan Graham Schoeffler (Bryan), and Katherine Graham Schubert (Michael), as well as her grandchildren: Reilly, Jack, Reid, Graham, and Elizabeth Catherine “Ellie Kate”, all of Savannah.

A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 11:00 am. at Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to Renegade Paws, or AMBUCS.



I grew up right down the road from Nancy on Wilmington Island and we knew each other as young children. I am so very sorry to hear of her unexpected passing. It is always sad to hear of the loss of one of the original Wilmington Island family members. My deepest sympathy to her daughters and their families.

- Penny Butler Rossiter, Savannah, GA

Katie, sincere condolences to you and Megan and your entire family on the loss of your Mom. Sending Love and warm hugs your way.

- Carol Freeman, Cornelius, N.c.

Dear Katy and Megan, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a lovely person, and I pray that your Faith and your wonderful memories will comfort and sustain you always. With sympathy and love, Jan Crawford

- Jan Daniel Crawford, Virginia Beach, VA

Nancy was a special friend. I lived near her the summer of 1962 and we had fun walking over the golf course, swimming in Turner Creek off the dock at the Police Camp, and riding in her dad's king car. May the welcome of the Lord be hers and may His blessings remain on her family until the day we all gather again in His kingdom.

- David W Turner, GRAY COURT, SC

I first met Nancy when she and her parents brought her sister, Barbara, to Agnes Scott College on Barbara’s and my first day of school there. She was a delightful and sweet girl and I am so glad that I was able to know her and her wonderful family for all of these years. I have greatly missed Betty, Hugh and Barbara and now I will sadly have to add Nancy to this list. I hope you are enjoying their company, Nancy. Love to you.

- Nonnie Sharp, Jupiter, FL

So sorry to hear this. Thinking of you all during this time.

- Emily Saussy, Savannah, Ga

My heart goes out to the family at this very grievous time. Nancy’s natural affection for her beloved family and fur friends is evident of her love for the Creator. Almighty God will never forget her, being created in his image. We have eternity in our hearts and .Christ’s sacrifice makes it possible for us to enjoy life as it was originally Intended. What a beautiful life on the island free from all the chaos that surrounds the big cities. We all long for a peaceful world and that is what Nancy will love when Jesus calls and she returns. Job 14:14 What rejoicing when we can greet her in good health. Isaiah 25:19 There will be no more pain, sickness, or death. Instead of funerals, we will be going to resurrections. Rev 21:3,4 Please be comforted . “ Enjoy Life Forever” Warm Christian Love, and Prayers, Sandy Wirfs

- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana

We send our most heartfelt condolences to you, Megan, Katie and all the family. We hope your memories will comfort you and the love of your extended family will sustain you during these difficult days.

- Tom and Jo Lamas, Savannah, Ga

Katy & Megan, Wrapping you and your family in love and prayers as you navigate the new waters of life without your beautiful mother. The two of you and your families are the testament to what an amazing woman she was.

- Mo Dixon, Savannah , GA

Nancy was such a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with her at The Marshes. I have very fond memories of her and she was always so proud of her family! My thoughts are with you all during this time, she will be greatly missed.

- Amanda Elliott, Savannah, GA

I was in Art class with Nancy and thoroughly enjoyed her friendship. She was a happy, friendly girl and was highly thought of. I'm so sorry for her loss to her family. But she is Heaven's gain. May God grant you peace in this difficult time. Just keep her memory in your hearts. Blessings and prayers.

- Bonnie Delvers, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel